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How to use the new Overwatch League Replay Viewer

Published: 11/Jun/2019 21:15 Updated: 11/Jun/2019 21:43

by Bill Cooney


The Overwatch League announced on June 11 that the replay feature would be available to fans and allow them to watch matches from any perspective.

The Replay Feature was originally introduced for fans during the 2018 World Cup, but was made unavailable after the event ended, but Blizzard promised it would be back eventually.

Now with a general Replay Feature for players being prepared on the PTR, Blizzard has brought the same kind of system to Overwatch League fans as well.

Blizzard EntertainmentThe OWL Replay Viewer is installed through the Overwatch client on PC (sorry console players).

A whole new way to watch Overwatch League

The Overwatch League Replay Viewer is only available to PC users and it has to be installed just like the PTR. The steps to install the viewer are as follows:

  1. Open the app.
  2. Click Overwatch.
  3. In the Region/Account drop-down, select Professional Viewer.
  4. Click Install.
  5. Once installed, click Play.

Players have to own a copy of Overwatch in order to use the Replay Viewer.

Once it’s installed, players can watch a replay of any game from the current stage from any perspective they choose using the feature’s observer tools. The Replay Viewer can’t be used to watch live matches.

Blizzard also provided a useful guide to keyboard shortcuts to better allow users to control how they watch each match:

  • N: Show/Hide controls
  • W, A, S, and D: Move the camera around
  • Q and E: Move camera up/Down
  • Scroll Wheel Up: Increase playback speed
  • Scroll Wheel Down: Decrease playback speed
  • CTRL + P: Play/Pause
  • Spacebar: Toggle between first-person and third-person view
  • Left/Right Click: Detach from first-person and third-person view to free camera
  • F1-F12: Spectate players (corresponds with player list in media controls)
  • 0: Snap to the objective
  • CTRL + I: Show map overlay
  • CTRL + 1 through CNTRL + 9: Save bookmarks
  • 1-9: Restore camera bookmarks

Blizzard EntertainmentThe Replay feature will allow fans to view OWL matches from any angle.

Does this mean Replays are going live soon?

At the time of writing the Replay system has been on the PTR for about two and a half weeks, so it could be making it to the main game and finally be available for console players soon.

Blizzard will probably keep the feature on the PTR until they feel it’s ready, but the professional viewer becoming available would be a great time to take the feature live, in-game as well.

The addition of Replay Viewers is a big step forward for Overwatch (now you can watch all the GOATs you want) and 2019 is shaping up to be a pretty big year for the game after all.


New Overwatch Shield Bash tech makes Brigitte even more powerful

Published: 22/Jan/2021 21:58

by Michael Gwilliam


A new Overwatch trick has just been discovered that could make Brigitte an even bigger threat on the battlefield than she already is.

Brigitte has been one of the game’s most controversial heroes since release thanks to her high levels of sustain, crowd control, armor, and healing. Despite multiple nerfs and reworks, she remains one of the best heroes in the right hands.

Now, players have found a completely new trick with her that is sure to make many players rage and call for nerfs to the Swedish shield maiden.

The trick, which was posted to a Korean YouTube account, shows that if Brigitte Shield Bashes at the exact same time she’s hit with an enemy’s attack that does knockback, she can travel far distances.

Shield Bash already has some slight movement advantages, but when combined with an enemy’s attack, she can torpedo across the map and even clear gaps that other heroes are unable to.

As you can see, when Brigitte gets hit in the back by Sigma’s Hyper Spheres, they do just enough knockback to allow the hero to use them to her advantage.

With this trick, Brigitte can even go from one side of Rialto’s bridge to the other in one swift movement, although it will take some getting used to if players want to pull it off in an actual game.

That said, enemy players could potentially use this to their own advantage, such as by hitting Brigitte with a melee attack right as she Shield Bashes.

In this clip by Overwatch streamer Aspen, she goes flying all over the map on Hollywood and had no idea why. As it turns out, it was because she was hit by a melee from a Tracer player just before bashing.

If timed right, this could cause Brigitte players to go flying off of maps with environmental hazards such as Nepal Sanctum.

Of course, with this new discovery, there also comes the possibility that Blizzard decides to patch it out. Only time will tell how the developers decide to handle it.